Tuesday, October 21, 2008

So that's why!

You thought that inventers just sat around all day at home (or in the laboratory or workshop) inventing, didn’t you? Well you’re wrong, they have to go to special academies of invention and work for their diploma first. These academies are all over the world and there are more and more being opened as countries like Japan and India catch up and overtake ‘the West’.

Every year there is a special competition in every academy for the first year student inventors. They have to design a device for pouring liquid from a cardboard carton. The winner gets to see their work applied to cartons in their part of the world. Have you ever noticed that these things never work? Juice or milk gets spilled everywhere either in the opening process or in the pouring. Like I said, they are only first year students.


alan said...

I heard of one that one a contest a few years ago in Asia; it was an alarm clock that worked like a little helicopter and flew around the room, and to turn it off you had to catch it and put it back on it's base.

It would have been perfect for my oldest had it gone into production!


Anji said...

Alan: Actually I made it all up, the cartons of milk drive me mad!

Olivier had an alarm clock in the shape of a tennis ball, he had to throw it across the room to turn it off. Needless to say, he didn't get up...